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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: Today at 09:33:50 AM
I guess I'll say something smiley

Vocally, I cross all genres- but for piano and guitar, I am firmly in the Classical genre- for piano, that means Baroque, High Classical, Romantic, and Early.  For Guitar, that encompasses Renaissance and Baroque, with *some* Spanish.  I just can't seem to get a handle on more modern music, no matter how much I try.

For the longest time I had a Steinway upright passed down from my great grandmother, to my grandmother, to my father, to me, so it was definitely getting long in the tooth, and when I moved out of my mother's house had to leave it there.  It is still there... but for the moment only.  I think, not being able to transport it economically, it is going to go to my sister.  Since then, I've moved to digital, and have a mid-range Yamaha DGX-505.  It's functional, but I miss the real keys and tone of the steinway.  *sigh*

As far as my current guitar(s), I have a Taylor T5-C1 with a red edgeburst (bought back in the days when I could afford such things), and a 60th anniversary Fender Strat American Standard (bought new- again when I could afford such things).  I have a few others, but those are my two of note that I actually use.  I also have and play the trombone... but I'm honest enough to admit that I'm not exceptionally good- still have it from the marching band years.  I wanted to play the sax, and instead played the trombone, and so never really got into it.

As far as career-wise, it was going well; my teachers were very well reknown, and my family supported me wholesale.  But, as the venues got larger, and the strangers more critical- I realized that I have (or I developed) paralyzing stage fright.  I remember my first time- I was playing for an reasonably moderate sized auditorium- about 500 people or so... The pieces I knew like the back of my hand and weren't especially challenging- Solfegietto and Moonlight Sonata.  Halfway through the first piece, my right leg started shaking so bad I couldn't sustain.  Not too much of a loss in that piece, but coming to Moonlight Sonata...

I tried and tried (and truthfully... still try) to overcome it.  But no matter how much I try and/or play- it creates physical effects in me to play before audiences if I have the time to contemplate it.  If I play for myself, I get lost in it... and the watchers don't matter.  But you have to be able to do it all the time, any time to make a career of any sort.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New square monitor (27" 1920x1920) on: Today at 08:47:10 AM
I don't like the additional vertical space because it forces me to scan upwards also.  I have 4 monitors side by side, and the motion to scan across them is more natural to me than scanning upward.  I know, because originally I was going to do 4 in a grid- but there were quite a few problems with that setup, both in use and physically.
3  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: v\View first unread in thread? on: November 21, 2014, 04:33:07 PM
I just go to show unread posts.. and it shows me a list of posts, each with a new beside it.

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4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Can anyone advise this developer on commercial licensing? on: November 21, 2014, 04:30:07 PM
And beware, in this forum, there are unfortunately some people who happily take the side of governments - of governments of ANY mindset.

Where did you get this idea from?  We support freely expressing whatever viewpoint you want to... this statement makes this a lot of advise tempered by unwarranted negativity.  If anything, most here are anti-government control, or lean that way.
5  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Is it wise for amateur to invest time in NET Framework languages? on: November 21, 2014, 03:20:34 PM
What other languages can you advise me to learn? I considered Java but it's looks too hard.

I don't think C# is simpler to learn than Java. I'd say they are comparable in size and complexity, both the languages and the accompanying libraries.

When I first started migrating from Delphi, my two paths were Java and C#.

Today, I program in C#, because from my experience, for a Delphi programmer, C# is easier to become productive in.
6  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: v\View first unread in thread? on: November 21, 2014, 02:59:10 PM
Most forums have a "view first unread" button for threads.  I found one reference to pressing the "new icon" to show the first unread in the thread.  Bit I don't see the icon or anything that looks like it will view the first unread post.  I've been hitting "Go Down" then backing up..  kind of awkward.  Is there a button that does the View First Unread in Thread function?

That new does the same thing.  It views the first post that is unread for you.  After you press it, that goes away... until someone posts again to that thread.  Am I misunderstanding your need?
7  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Is it wise for amateur to invest time in NET Framework languages? on: November 21, 2014, 10:01:51 AM
The big drawback to .NET is people won't try your program if they have to install yet another framework.  It tends to make you use what you figure most people already have on like .NET 2.x features.

That might have been a consideration at one point... but that point is pretty far gone.  You can plan on .NET 4 at least currently (and that's what I code to).
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Of Superheroes, Remakes, Flashbacks/Forwards/Sideways and more on: November 21, 2014, 09:06:15 AM
But just think of these characters in terms of some gaming systems or worlds.

Call of Cthulhu anyone?

But that's because it's the story not the game that makes the difference.  How does your character go insane?  What is he looking for?  What did he find?  Which then leads into what the other characters/new characters have to deal with from the fallout.

CoC was more of a novelty with me, until the recent spate of storytelling type/narrative games.  Then **** got real.

A few examples of systems/campaigns:

1. Trail of Cthulhu
2. Delta Green (and a whole lot more - http://rpg.drivethrustuff...tist=&pfrom=&pto=) including a Free introductory adventure.
3. Tremulus - uses the absolutely awesome Apocalypse World system, which is worth checking out also.

And my favorite...
3. Nemesis with Delta Green - Free.  Definitely worth a read.

There's a lot going on on that front... well worth getting back into it.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Of Superheroes, Remakes, Flashbacks/Forwards/Sideways and more on: November 21, 2014, 07:24:20 AM
Back to the Flash theme, it's important to note the first version spent half its time trying to stay "domestic" without the "meta-human" side of things ... filling in gaps of normal (for then) police work.

And personally, I think this was the problem, and was what my statement was addressing.  There are two warring concepts:

1. People watch superhero shows for the fantastical.  Just as people watch procedural shows for the procedure, suspense shows for the suspense, etc.  Agents of SHIELD had this problem during its first season.  It was a spy/superhero show.  But it had neither.  The reason, of course we see in hindsight, is that they were treading water waiting for Captain America: Winter Soldier to drop.  Then it turned into a completely different (actual) spy/superhero show.

2. People watch entertainment to be entertained.  To be entertaining, you have to have certain elements.  And the group of people that you have to appeal to in order to have a successful movie/TV show is a lot greater than the people that are usually attracted to your genre.  When you only have a group of people that like to watch your genre watching?  You end up with a cancelled series/flop of a movie that's labeled 'cult'.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Contributor: A New (not so new) way to fund the web on: November 21, 2014, 07:18:17 AM
It sounds more like flattr than patreon to me.

There are several that do the same thing.  But yes, Patreon does the exact same thing as Flattr + more.  I support several websites through Patreon in exactly this manner.

I applied for a sign-up just to see how this actually works or they think it should work in practice...
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Google Contributor: A New (not so new) way to fund the web on: November 20, 2014, 10:48:58 PM
https://www.google.com/contributor/welcome/

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Contributor by Google
An experiment in additional ways to fund the web.
Today’s Internet is mostly funded by advertising. But what if there were a way to directly support the people who create the sites you visit each day?

Introducing Contributor by Google.

My largest problem with this... is that it's by Google.

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The basics

Choose a monthly contribution.

Visit participating sites.

Support the people who make the web.

It seems a lot like patreon.

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Visit participating sites.
When you visit a participating website, part of your contribution goes to the creators of that site. As a reminder of your support, you’ll see a thank you message - often accompanied by a pixel pattern - where you might normally see an ad.

In theory, it seems like a good idea.  In practice... well, Google long ago abandoned the do no evil pledge.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Of Superheroes, Remakes, Flashbacks/Forwards/Sideways and more on: November 20, 2014, 09:29:25 PM
Where would you classify characters like the modern Batman and Iron Man? Wayne and Stark are both normal humans. Perhaps a lot more technologically sophisticated and wealthy than most people. But their 'super' powers derive mainly from the technology and powered bodysuits they employ. If they have any super power it's their high IQs.

I posted a video that has a funny... but relevant line in it to the silly humor thread.  Namely, Drax tells Batman you should be called normal man in a suit that looks vaguely like a bat. And in all truth, as much as I love the Batman as a character, his real superpower is the audience's suspension of disbelief, and a lot of cool.  Either that, or he actually does have powers.  Because he does a *lot* that a normal human, no matter how well trained, cannot do.

He's not a "normal" human. He's closer to a western version of a gifted natural martial arts talent from China etc.

So while his body could "almost make sense" to a doctor in a hospital if he overdoes it, he doesn't exactly have super-powers, not something that he can just whip out and pummel disbelief with. Instead, it's more like "a grown-up prodigy". (For ex, ever seen those types? You play a 3 minute piece of music four times and they can play it note perfect?)



Even a gifted natural martial arts talent could not do a fraction of what he does in all truth.  And the cross-section of all the things that he is incredibly gifted in- it's not just physical. 
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Of Superheroes, Remakes, Flashbacks/Forwards/Sideways and more on: November 20, 2014, 09:06:26 PM
Where would you classify characters like the modern Batman and Iron Man? Wayne and Stark are both normal humans. Perhaps a lot more technologically sophisticated and wealthy than most people. But their 'super' powers derive mainly from the technology and powered bodysuits they employ. If they have any super power it's their high IQs.

I posted a video that has a funny... but relevant line in it to the silly humor thread.  Namely, Drax tells Batman you should be called normal man in a suit that looks vaguely like a bat. And in all truth, as much as I love the Batman as a character, his real superpower is the audience's suspension of disbelief, and a lot of cool.  Either that, or he actually does have powers.  Because he does a *lot* that a normal human, no matter how well trained, cannot do.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 20, 2014, 07:59:59 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0K436vUM4w" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0K436vUM4w</a>
15  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: New EU VAT rules change the game for digital businesses on: November 20, 2014, 05:36:14 PM
I wonder if it's even possible these days to make a cross-border electronic payment without 3rd party payment processors (maybe by using some cryptocurrency)?

It's not 3rd party processors... it has to be an aggregation service.  i.e. if I put a pay me now button on my site that goes to paypal, that VAT is not taken into account on the other end AFAIK.
16  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: New EU VAT rules change the game for digital businesses on: November 20, 2014, 02:46:16 PM
not sure what exactly wraith meant, but the big question is how the EU would stop (or punish) a supplier from outside the EU selling without VAT (?)

I meant, if I as a US citizen sold a digital item, and someone in the EU purchased it and downloaded it- then how would they enforce the strictures of these rules against me as a US citizen?
17  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: New EU VAT rules change the game for digital businesses on: November 20, 2014, 12:06:51 PM
^ I don't even see *how* it will work.  If I sell a digital download to someone in the EU... how would they even go after me?

From my perspective, as a consumer based in the EU, things have already worked like this for some time. Most payment-processing services have already been charging me for my local VAT.

So this is probably more of an issue for the less-informed or less compliant payment services that haven't been doing that yet, rather than for individual vendors. For non-EU vendors this just means that you better check with your payment processing service to make sure they do this.


Most that are not part of an aggregation type service for payment have decidedly *not* been doing it.  And that onus should not be placed on someone that is in a different country doing business *just because* their place of receipt is in the EU, IMO.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Of Superheroes, Remakes, Flashbacks/Forwards/Sideways and more on: November 20, 2014, 11:07:34 AM
For the next day or two, I am comparing the original 1990 Flash TV series with the brand new remake. (We'll see if the new one lasts ... the old one got canceled after one season! I haven't yet looked up the reason why. Was it semi ahead of its time? Are we more attuned to superhero shows now?)

The older one was not well done- we'd not entered into the time where writers on superhero shows/movies realized one important element.  They have to be good shows/movies with a good plot first.  There are some decent analyses of the episodes on avclub.com that deconstruct them and the underlying themes therein.  There are some (several) points I disagree with... but it does inspire conversation and thought.
19  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: New EU VAT rules change the game for digital businesses on: November 20, 2014, 10:57:05 AM
^ I don't even see *how* it will work.  If I sell a digital download to someone in the EU... how would they even go after me?
20  Other Software / Developer's Corner / New EU VAT rules change the game for digital businesses on: November 20, 2014, 09:15:48 AM

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The short version

From 1 January 2015 new rules on VAT (value added tax) come into force across the European Union (EU). These will affect you if:

  • you sell ‘digital services’ – explored in a minute, but yes, it does include ebooks, PDF products, training materials, software and music files
  • you sell business to consumer (B2C) to EU citizens, wherever you are based (B2B, business to business selling, is not covered by these rules).

The essence of the change is that the ‘place of supply’ for VAT purposes will now be the location of the purchaser, not the location of the seller. Sellers will have to add VAT to the purchase price at the rate for the customer’s country, and ensure that the appropriate payment goes to that country.

Due to the effects of harmonising countries’ rules and the way the admin will work, if you fall under the new rules you will have to register for VAT. All your digital sales will be liable for VAT, and once you’ve registered you’ll have to account for it on all your other activities too.

Am I just ... looking at this wrong?  Or am I seeing that even if I sell software to someone in the EU from the US, I have to pay taxes under this new regulation?

(more at link)
21  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Is it wise for amateur to invest time in NET Framework languages? on: November 19, 2014, 02:41:41 PM
Thanks for the answer. Yes, I'm definitely desktop programmer and I'm trying to find free programming IDE like Delpi but much nicer than Lazarus. Is there something like Delpi or Visual Studio but free and flexible?

http://www.visualstudio.c.../visual-studio-express-vs
22  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Code fight club on: November 18, 2014, 08:22:15 AM
The first rule of code-fight.club is... umm... forget I mentioned it.

Hey, it says on the site...

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A Fight Club you can talk about by Andrew Hathaway smiley

 Grin
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 17, 2014, 09:17:39 AM
Not exactly a technical tour de force smiley  But for Firefly fans, it's pretty awesome.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxz2FfCKLsI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxz2FfCKLsI</a>
24  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Folderwatch (a MAC application) for PC's on: November 16, 2014, 12:23:37 PM
Two others I saw as related projects on Synkron... FreeFileSync and DirSync Pro
25  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Folderwatch (a MAC application) for PC's on: November 16, 2014, 12:08:58 PM
You might check out synkron... haven't used it, but it seems to do the same thing.
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